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CNS Changsha (173)

Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship [ 2015 ]

CNS Shangsha 173 forms a portion of the potent Type 052D guided-missile destroyer fleet of the modern Chinese Navy.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/02/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Chinese government has invested mightily to bring its Naval fighting capabilities to a Western standard. This includes a considerable amount of attention given to its destroyer fleet encompassing the Type 055, Type 054, Type 052, Type 051, and all of their associated offshoots. The Type 052D is of note for its sheer size, numbering over twenty-five hulls to date (2022). The D-variant succeeded the Type 052C and began construction in February 2012 with commissioned service of the first vessels occurring in March of 2014 - marking these warships as some of the most modern available in all of the Chinese surface fleet.

The Type 052D class is recognized by NATO as the Luyang III-class and are reportedly similar in form and function to the American AEGIS-equipped types available to the United States Navy (USN). One of its number is CNS Changsha (173), a hull built at the Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai and launched on December 19th, 2012. The vessel was commissioned into service on August 12th, 2015 and remains an active player in Chinese naval actions in the region and the world over.

The profile of the ship is consistent with modern warship design: the forecastle is largely unobstructed and centers a single turreted deck gun. Behind this is a Vertical Launching System (VLS) supporting surface-to-air, surface-to-surface, and anti-ship missiles. The bridge superstructure is aft of the VLS and houses the bridge section, combat control rooms, and other pertinent operating quarters. The main mast is integrated to the structure and seats all manner of antenna, communications, and sensor arrays. At midships are the enclosed, low-profile smoke funnels. The superstructure continues aft and is unbroken as it steps down to the helipad. An integrated helicopter hangar facility provides full services to a single rotorcraft element.

Dimensionally, the 7.500-ton hull is given a running length of 528 feet with a beam of 55.8 feet and a draught down to 19.7 feet. Propulsion power is through a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODAG) arrangement allowing the vessel to maximum fuel economy depending on whether cruising or dashing. Maximum speed in ideal conditions reaches 30 knots and range is out to 5,200 miles.

Installed systems include the Type 346A 3D Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) multi-function radar, the Type 518 air-search radar, the Type 364 altitude-and-surface-search radar, and the Type 349A fire control radar. 2 x H/RJS-726 systems serve in the electronic countermeasure role while 4 x Type 726-4A decoy launchers are also installed. The hull houses a variable depth sonar fit and a towed array is also as the crew's disposal.

Armament is a mix of ballistic, missile, and torpedo solutions. Over the forecastle is a single 130mm turreted deck gun with the VLS aft of the emplacement. The VLS supports the HHQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM), YJ-18 Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM), and CY-5 Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) types. Sixty-four cells house the missiles geared at countering most any at-sea threat. A pair of 30mm Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) are a digital measure to neutralize short-to-medium-ranged aerial threats. The 24-cell HQ-10 short-ranged SAM launcher also aids in protection of the vessel, fleet, or targeted area.

To date (2022), Changsha has participated in various Chinese naval exercises both locally and abroad. She has not been used in anger as of yet.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Jiangnan Shipyard (Shanghai) - China
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Type 052D

157m Standard: CNS Kunming (172); CNS Changsha (173); CNS Hafei (174); CNS Yinchuan (175); CNS Xining (117); CNS Xiamen (154); CNS Urumqi (118); CNS Nanjing (155); CNS Taiyuan (131); CNS Hohhot (161); CNS Guiyang (119); CNS Chengdu (120); CNS Qiqihar (121); 160m Variant: CNS Zibo (); CNS Ganzhou (); Unnamned Ship #16; Unnamed Ship #17; Unnamed Ship #18; Unnamed Ship #19; Unnamed Ship #20; Unnamed Ship #21; Unnamed Ship #22; Unnamed Ship #23; Unnamed Ship #24

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

515.0 ft
156.97 m
56.0 ft
17.07 m
20.0 ft
6.10 m

Installed Power: COmbined Diesel-Of-Gas (CODAG): 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines; 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
30.0 kts
(34.5 mph)
4,519 nm
(5,200 mi | 8,369 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 130mm H/PJ-45A Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun.
1 x 64-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) supporting HHQ-9, YJ-18, and CY-5 missile types / families.
1 x 24-cell HQ-10 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 533mm triple-torpedo launchers.
4 x 18-tube decoy rocket launchers.

Supported Types

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1 x Medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern-based helipad/hangar combination deck area.

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